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Welsh government announces measures to boost music venue protections

Welsh government announces measures to boost music venue protections

The Welsh government has said that it intends to insert an 'explicit reference' to the agent of change principle within national planning policy and allow councils to designate areas of 'cultural significance for music' within local plans.

Brent Cross shopping centre's owners submit bid to double its size

Brent Cross shopping centre's owners submit bid to double its size

A detailed planning application has been submitted to double the size of Brent Cross shopping centre in north London.

How the government's air quality plan will affect the spread of clean air zones

How the government's air quality plan will affect the spread of clean air zones

The draft UK air quality plan that campaigners finally dragged out of a reluctant government earlier this month indicates that there will be a sharp increase in zones across England in which targeted action is taken to improve air quality. But where these new zones will be, and how stringent the measures they will implement, is not yet clear.

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How we did it: Preparing a plan to boost public health

How we did it: Preparing a plan to boost public health

Gathering extensive data was vital in setting a policy to improve public health in an inner London borough. David Dewar reports.

Why new driverless car technology could shake up placemaking

Why new driverless car technology could shake up placemaking

A commitment in the Queen's Speech to push forward with a roll-out of driverless cars, also known as autonomous vehicles, could have huge implications for planners and place-making, according to experts.

Why the High Court ruled that a council's £170,000 CIL demand was unlawful

Why the High Court ruled that a council's £170,000 CIL demand was unlawful

A High Court ruling confirms that town halls cannot group planning permissions together when deciding whether development should be charged the Community Infrastructure Levy, according to legal experts.

The implications of Sunday trading plans for town centre vitality

The implications of Sunday trading plans for town centre vitality

Some town centres could benefit more than others as a result of plans to devolve decision-making for setting Sunday trading hours to local authorities, practitioners have said.


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